A lot of attention for the Philadelphia Flyers seems to focus on their two first round picks in the upcoming NHL Draft on June 22, 2018. However, the Draft is never that simple, and the Flyers could possibly be looking to deal a player or two, with the hopes of securing more young talent. The Flyers currently have one second round draft pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. So just who might be on their radar with the 50th pick? How about a young stud in Anderson Macdonald from the Moncton Wildcats?
This young Power Forward in Macdonald says, “I started playing hockey when I was young with my dad. Just watching hockey, watching late games on T.V., wanting to be like those guys in the NHL.”
Macdonald continues, “That’s been my dream to play in the NHL and being able to represent my country. Gotta keep working to get there. I’m honored to have this opportunity of possibly being drafted into the NHL.”
This young stud in Macdonald was born on May 16, 2000, in Saint John, NB, CAN. He began playing hockey at a young age like most Canadian children, and his love for the sport found himself playing for the Sherbrooke Phoenix for the 2016-17 season. At the ripe age of 16, he endured quite a season registering 29 goals, and 12 assists for a total of 41 points in 50 games played. After this really solid season, Macdonald worked his tail off in the off-season in hopes of getting even better for next year.
“I have a skating coach I work with 3 or 4 times a week…I’m on the ice with her. Then I’m on the ice with a skills coach, and then the gym two times a day, five days a week on my strength. I also like a little golf when I have the time (Laughing). I like to play a little golf. I’m starting to hit the ball (Laughing).”
The young 17-year-old prospect, Macdonald worked hard in the off-season to improve his game. In a shocking move this young power forward was traded to the Moncton Wildcats to start the 2017-18 season. While battling through this type of adversity for the first time in his young career. Macdonald’s hard work in the off-season paid off in a big way, as he enjoyed a solid campaign for the Wildcats. He registered 27 goals, and 18 assists for 45 points in 58 games played. This has really solidified his status for the upcoming NHL Draft. One would expect his nerves to be through the roof with being on the cusp of the NHL. However, Macdonald is just focused on improving his game.
“I didn’t have as good as a year as I wanted to, but it wasn’t awful. I had a strong season last year, and I wanted to top that this year. I need to get quicker. The game is very fast now, and I need to get up to that speed. I’ve been doing things on my own. This summer is going to be huge.”
The former Phoenix product continues, “I‘m going to get bigger, stronger, faster, and next year hopefully after I get drafted. I will go into camp, and show them how dedicated I am to making that team.”
Macdonald enjoys simple things in life like a nice steak dinner. It’s this simplicity that is reflected in his game. He has really good hands, and knows how to put the puck in the twine. So, just who is responsible for his success? His answer really shows his inner self.
“I would definitely have to say my dad. He made me the player I am today. My whole family took a lot of time out of their lives to help me get to my dream. My dad watches hockey all the time. He grew up playing hockey. He wasn’t very fast, but his hockey sense is through the roof. We sit down, and teaches me. He was my coach when I was younger. He was the best coach I’ve ever had…he pushes me, and basically taught me the game.”
If a person saw Macdonald play for the Wildcats this past season. One would have noticed instantly that his hockey IQ vastly improved from the prior year. He just has a knack of knowing where to be, or where. Macdonald’s success was fueled by his dedication to be more offensive regardless of the situation.
“I’m and offensive guy. Someone that could play on the power play, score some big goals late in the game. Just be a point producer.”
The Flyers are very much in need of left wingers. Well, Macdonald may be the answer to their prayers. He’s a gifted young prospect that has what it takes to be a Flyer. His passion for the game could have instant ramifications in the Flyers locker room. Just listen to his last message, “I want to be vocal in the dressing room. I like to talk to the guys to make sure everyone’s positive, and have fun while we’re working. A community guy. Last year I was voted as fan favorite for Sherbrooke. That’s the kind of guy I am. I like to get to know everyone, and just put the puck in the net.”
Mandatory Photo Credit: CBC Canada